The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports one community-committed student per participating campus who has demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Fellows receive learning opportunities focused on the skills needed to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a core component of Campus Compact’s strategy to build a national network of engaged student leaders who can support one another in building transformational partnerships between campuses and communities. Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities advancing the public purpose of higher education by deepening schools’ ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
Newman Civic Fellows are acknowledged for their motivation and potential for public leadership. Newman Civic Fellows demonstrate commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national exemplars of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Administrative support comes from Campus Compact.
The Newman Civic Fellowship honors Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Frank Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an extraordinary career of more than five decades. At the core of Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of inter-connected individuals to make a difference. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work. Learn more about Frank Newman.
UW-Madison will select one undergraduate student to serve as the 2018-19 Newman Civic Fellow. This student will participate in leadership development and learning around civic engagement with a cohort of other fellows from schools around the country. The application deadline is Sunday, December 10 at 11:59 PM.
Newman Civic Fellow nominees must also meet the fellowship eligibility criteria:
Be enrolled undergraduate at UW-Madison
Have at least one year of education remaining at UW-Madison
Must commit to providing a short reflection piece (video, article, or letter format) to Campus Compact during their fellowship year
Nominee’s institution must commit to helping the nominee identify a local mentor for the duration of the fellowship
Rena Newman is a first-year student who has created their own major in order to enhance their ability to understand communities in a way that resonates with their lived experience. You can see Rena’s devotion to public service through the manner in which they have spent their first two semesters on our campus.
In their first semester, Rena chose to enroll in a First-year Interest Group (FIG) set of courses with a theme of citizenship, democracy and social justice. Rena has been actively engaged beyond the classroom, even though this is only their second semester on campus. For example, they are an active advocate for transgender rights, and have started a workshop on gender education for their residence hall community with the coordination of their residence hall coordinators. In addition, they are a talented artist and writer and have put these talents to work creating ‘zines that foster dialogue about social justice issues. Finally, they have also become the Outreach Director of our F.H. King student group, which is a farm-to table organization that farms its own fresh food. As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Rena Newman will be a part of the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship.